Suspect Scott #445 Unused MNH Single (12/13/15).
This coil, often faked, can be made by trimming the perforations off at the top and/or bottom of a fully perforate #426 or adding fake perforations as well as faking a single line watermark to a trimmed unwatermarked imperforate #483. The best fakes are made using the fully perforated #426 especially if the top or bottom is a natural straight edge with a large margin. Fakes made from the #483 will be correct in height (25mm) and will more than likely be very well centered but lack the watermark. Catalog value for a used single is a modest $250.00.
The suspect is single line watermarked showing a “U” at the bottom that is inverted and reading horizontal. This eliminate the possibility the suspect is a #483
The suspect’s perforations do not match known genuine #425 perforations (gauge 10).
But the suspect’s perforations do match known genuine #411 perforations (gauge 8.5).
The fact that the suspect is a perf 8.5 single line watermark issue means that it must be a #394.
The Experts Book states that the #394 can only be faked from unwatermarked #483 and #484 issues by adding fake watermarks as there is no single line watermarked imperforate stock from which perforations can be added to fake a #394.
Conclusion: In my opinion the suspect is a genuine Scott #394, unused, original gum, never hinged.
Reference material used:
As always comments and suggestions are always welcome.
To Contact Riverside Stamps: